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LPB PLAYS VITAL ROLE IN STATEWIDE RESPONSE TO CORONOAVIRUS

LPB PLAYS VITAL ROLE IN STATEWIDE RESPONSE TO CORONOAVIRUS

Louisiana Public Broadcasting to Present Governor’s Statewide Roundtable

(Baton Rouge, LA.) – Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), in partnership with the Office of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, presents a live statewide discussion on Louisiana’s response to COVID-19 on Monday, March 23 at 7PM, live from LPB studios in Baton Rouge. The news special will air on LPB and WYES & WLAE in New Orleans. LPB will also feed this special to all of Louisiana’s commercial television and radio stations throughout Louisiana. Viewers can also stream COVID-19: Louisiana’s Response at lpb.org/live. Other streaming options include LPB’s app, Facebook and Twitter pages. New Orleans broadcaster Sally-Ann Roberts will host the live discussion.

Governor Edwards will be joined by health experts and members of his administration to discuss a variety of topics associated with the evolving coronavirus pandemic during the live broadcast and to answer questions from the public. Residents are encouraged to go to http://www.lpb.org/questions to submit possible questions to ask the governor. The deadline to submit questions is Sunday, March 22 at 5pm.

“Louisiana Public Broadcasting is an invaluable resource to the citizens of Louisiana. The opportunity to provide vital information in this time of crisis is part of our mission,” says Beth Courtney, President & CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. “By making this special available to every local television and radio broadcaster, we hope to ensure that every citizen has access to this important discussion.”

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, LPB has served as a vital source for information and resources for citizens throughout the state. LPB connects television and radio stations statewide with the Governor’s critical news conferences by providing necessary technical resources. Our At-Home Learning programming block, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education, provides teachers, students, and parents with educational programming Monday – Friday from 12:00-5:00pm. For more information and resources visit www.lpb.org/athome. “I’m grateful to LPB and the television and radio stations statewide who are using their platforms to help educate our citizens and make our state as safe as possible. We will get through this by working together and heeding the necessary precautions,” said Gov. Edwards.

In keeping with the current safety precautions of social distancing, the set of this broadcast will be closed to outside media. Stations that are interested in live-shots for early newscasts leading up to the governor’s broadcast are welcome to do so in front of Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s building located at 7733 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA. 70810.

MEDIA RESOURCES (INCLUDING RADIO AND BROADCAST PROMOS FOR LOCALIZATION): COVID-19 Station Assets Password: lpbcovid

CONTACTS: Christina Melton – LPB Deputy Director; cmelton@lpb.org Jason Viso – LPB Director of Programming & Content; jviso@lpb.org Colleen Spillane – LPB Public Information Officer; (225)767-4453; cspillane@lpb.org

About Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Since 1975, Louisiana Public Broadcasting has been the public television network for the state of Louisiana with stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. LPB is also affiliated with WLAE-TV in New Orleans. In addition to its award-winning documentaries about the history and people of Louisiana, LPB is dedicated to helping children throughout the state develop their literacy, math and science skills through its numerous educational outreach programs.